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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - IL: Senior Issues

A campaign is under way to save Medicare for Illinois residents. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A campaign has been launched in Illinois to save Medicare. AARP is trying to rally state residents to write or call members of Congress to save the program that affects millions of people. AARP State Director Bob Gallo says a new voucher plan that's being discussed to rep

A new report highlights multiple ways Illinois residents would feel a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. (Citizen Action Illinois)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report by Health Care for America Now shows the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Illinois. It says more than a million people in the state would lose health coverage. The fallout also includes $1.2 billion in new uncompensated care, 114,00

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., kicked off a rally Sunday protesting the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (seiuhcilin.org)

CHICAGO -- Rallies were held across the country over the weekend to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois attended a rally at the SEIU Healthcare Office in Chicago on Sunday. He said that the GOP-led assault on President Obama's signature healthcare law

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a bill on his desk that would allow people who are confined to their homes more choice when it comes to who takes care of them. (nc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates are hoping the new year will bring with it a signature on a bill they say protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities. Senate Bill 261 was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner early this month. The legislation was in response to Illinois' Department of Hu

Thieves are watching and waiting for a chance to be a Grinch during the holidays. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – At this time of year, most of us are getting our credit and debit cards out more often than normal. That means the chance that a cyber thief will try to steal your money or your identity increases as well. Shopping online can be a risk, but it's also easy to fall victim to

Six in ten Illinois residents say they would leave the state if a retirement tax is put in place. (Ruby Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Now that the election is over, Illinois lawmakers are expected to shift their focus back to the huge budget deficit that's been plaguing the state. The topic could be on the agenda for this month's veto session, and may also be an issue during the lame-duck session which st

Changes to Medicare Part B are scheduled to take place this fall. (V. Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Changes to the Medicare Part B program, called the Medicare Part B Drug Demo, are designed to lower the expenses connected with chemotherapy by cutting prescription drug costs and encouraging physicians to use cheaper alternatives. Dr. Blase Polite, chairman of the Americ

Advocates are praising a new family sick-leave law that will take effect in Illinois in January. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – More than 1.5 million people in Illinois are caregivers for family members, and a new law that goes into effect at the first of the year will help them balance their personal life, work, and responsibilities that come with helping a sick or elderly relative. The Illinois E

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